Boston – April 23-27, 2020

Travel with Seattle Chamber Music Society to Boston this Spring!

Seattle Chamber Music Society travels to Boston this April for a jam-packed musical and cultural tour of this exciting, historic city.


Trip Highlights:
* Guided by music expert Connie Cooper, Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Executive Director

* Luxury accommodations at the Taj Boston hotel

* Boston Symphony Orchestra concert with Maestro Constantinos Carydis, featuring Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Midori, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and more!

* Boston Symphony Chamber Players concert featuring music by Bach, Dahl, Britten, and the world premiere of a piece by Michael Gandolfi.

* Boston Chamber Music Society concert and reception hosted by BCMS Artistic Director and longtime SCMS violist Marcus Thompson. The performance includes the world premiere of Joan Tower’s Purple Rain, and pieces by Schumann and Dvořák.

* An adaptation of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, at the Huntington Theatre Company. Adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Awoye Timpo.

* Private tours of the MIT Media Lab, the Isham Memorial Library at Harvard University, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

* Optional walking tour of historic Boston of the Midtown Global Market.

* Invitations to special receptions and and events.

April 23-27, 2020

Executive Director Connie Cooper is delighted to extend an invitation to join a spring 2020 visit to the city of Boston, New England’s undisputed cultural and educational hub and home to some of the country’s leading performing arts organizations, notably the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Haydn Society. Contemporary music is also well represented by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Boston Music Viva. A rich music scene is complemented by exceptional museums and galleries such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

We have selected the Taj Boston as a luxurious base for our visit, a landmark hotel known for its classic style and award- winning service, occupying a prestigious address at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets, overlooking the picturesque Public Garden, a very popular recreational place for Boston’s citizenry.

The performing arts program includes performances by Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Boston Chamber Music Society and Boston Symphony Orchestra. We are also delighted to include an evening at the innovative Huntington Theatre Company.

Daytime events include informative visits to the world-renowned MIT Media Lab, the Isham Memorial Library, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Museum of Fine Arts among other inclusions to be confirmed closer to date.


  • Four nights Taj Boston
  • Breakfast each day
  • Three concerts, one recital, and one stage play
  • Four lunches/dinners and post-performance reception
  • Guided sightseeing as described
  • Coach transfers as required by the itinerary
  • Gratuities for drivers/guides/restaurants

$400 per person remit to SCMS

Surprise inclusions!

  • Connie Cooper, SCMS Executive Director, will accompany throughout
  • Services of Annie Sale, Act 1 Tours’ partner, throughout


$4,850 per person
Extra hotel nights: $460 per room (not including breakfast)

Not included:

  • Airfares and airport transfers
  • Personal items not specifically included in the published itinerary


A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 per person at registration. The balance is due by February 23, 2020 and at that point the total amount is non-refundable


Trip cancellation insurance is recommended to mitigate financial losses should the need to cancel arise for insurable reasons. Act 1 Tours can arrange coverage on your behalf through AIG Travel Guard on request. Certain policies will waive pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of your initial deposit

SCMS Boston Itinerary April 2020
SCMS Boston Registration Form April 2020
SCMS Boston Personal Info Form April 2020

Trip Itinerary:

April 23, 2020 - Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert

Independent air arrivals from Seattle and transfer to the Taj Boston.

We meet for a Welcome Reception at the hotel and then leave for the 8:00pm Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, when Maestro Constantinos Carydis leads a program that highlights the celebrated virtuoso violinist Midori with Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1. Periklis Koukos’ In Memoriam Y.A. Papaioannu, Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Kodály’s Dances of Galánta complete a varied musical evening.

April 24, 2020 - MIT Media Lab and Isham Memorial Library at Harvard University

After breakfast (included each day), we leave for the MIT Media Lab and a fascinating hour long tour.

From its web site:

For over 30 years Media Lab researchers have anticipated and created technologies to make our lives safer, cleaner, healthier, fairer, and more productive. But along with benefits, technology’s everyday efficiencies have also brought their share of issues: obesity, poverty, ethical implications, bullying, divergent politics. The Media Lab’s antidisciplinary research community is uniquely equipped to address these concerns, leveraging the best that technology has to offer, and connecting technology back to the social and the human. Current Lab research examines the deeper implications of where technology creation and adoption has led us—and where we want to go next. The Opera of the Future group (formerly known as Hyperinstruments) explores concepts and techniques to help advance the future of musical composition, performance, learning, and expression.

During the tour you will have the chance to walk around the facilities and learn about the organization and its current research priorities.

From there we proceed to the Isham Memorial Library located within the Loeb Music Library at Harvard. Christina Linklater, senior staff member of Harvard Music Library, will greet the group and conduct a private tour, culminating in a visit to the rare books room, where a selection of unique materials will be presented.

Lunch and afternoon activities are in planning.

5:00pm Solo Recital by MIT scholarship student in Killian Hall. Further information closer to date.

April 25, 2020 - Museum Tours and The Bluest Eye at Huntington Theatre Company

This morning we head to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a private tour, followed by an early lunch in the Renzo Piano designed Café G, helmed by Chef Peter Crowley. From here we continue our exploration of Boston’s art scene at the exceptional Boston Museum of Fine Arts, with focus on some of the masterpieces contained in its extensive collection.

This afternoon a special guests invitation has been extended by Marcus Thompson to attend the BCMS Commissioning Club “Meet the Composer Reception” in honor of Joan Tower whose world premiere viola quintet Purple Rain is part of the BCMS concert that we attend the next day.

In the evening we attend the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of The Bluest Eye from the novel by Toni Morrison, adapted by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Awoye Timpo.

April 26, 2020 - Boston Chamber Music Society Concert

This morning an optional two hour walking tour starts at the hotel ending at Faneuil Hall. This gentle stroll will cover Boston’s revolutionary past and significant sites, allowing stops to rest along the way.

Early afternoon we leave for Jordan Hall and the 3:00pm concert by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players with baritone John Brancy. The program comprises J. S. Bach Preludes & Fugues for string trio, Dahl’s Allegro and Arioso for wind quintet, Britten’s Sinfonietta, Opus 1 and the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s New Work for voices and ensemble, a BSO commission.

We then celebrate the conclusion of our time together in Boston at Harvest, Chef Tyler Kinnett’s iconic celebration of the contemporary New England table on Harvard Square.

Our final performance starts a short walk away in Sanders Theatre at 7:30pm. The Boston Chamber Music Society program includes the Joan Tower world premiere of “Purple Rain,” Robert Schumann’sMärchenerzählungen for oboe, viola and piano Opus 132 and Antonin Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major, Opus 81.

To cap off the evening we go behind the scenes to meet the musicians.

April 27, 2020 - Departure
Independent departures. Private car service to the airport may be reserved through the concierge.